Free download! Nine health data sets

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In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama announced a “moon shot” project to find a cure for cancer. A recent Marketplace story explained that a big focus of this project is to make more data available to researchers.

You’re probably not a cancer researcher, but many public and social sector organizations focus on health and could use more data for market research. Here are several sources for free medical data to help you in your projects:

The Census Bureau offers a wealth of data and has a dedicated health section

125 years of US healthcare data including claim-level Medicare data, epidemiology and population statistics.

Contains surveys as well as statistics

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project from the Department of Health and Human Services focuses on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.

Health is a major component of the Millennium Goals. Use this page to access health data from the World Bank.

This web site is somewhat like the Census Bureau for the EU, if the EU had such a thing. It contains nearly 500 health-related data sets.

Health data sets from the UK National Health Service.

This foundation’s web site offers an easy interface for locating state-level health data.

Gapminder contains more than 500 free data sets from sources such as the World Health Organization and World Bank, and a great number of them relate to health or public health.

A hat tip to Bernard Marr for his list of free data sources.
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